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March 13, 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Young
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Learn more about health benefits from food, fish oil and implications for aging at EMU Gerontology's annual spring lecture March 26

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s Gerontology program will host its annual spring lecture, “Cardioprotective Effects of Fish Oils: Consensus and Controversies,” Monday, March 26, 6 p.m., Student Center Auditorium. Dr. William Harris, professor, Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, is the guest speaker.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  A reception will precede the lecture at 5 p.m., in room 300, Student Center.

Harris will talk about the scientific developments that suggest positive health benefits gained from food and nutritional habits, particularly fish oil (Omega 3). Considered one of nature’s most influential health enhancers, the scientific community is now turning its attention toward this natural source of well-being. Implications for aging, prescription drug costs and health will also be addressed.

“As people live longer, the more likely they will have chronic diseases linked to cardiovascular challenges,” said Kristine Ajrouch, director of EMU’s Gerontology program. “Research suggests that fish oil may be as effective, if not more than, statin drugs commonly used to treat cardiovascular disease. We felt it was a timely issue in need of attention.”

The lecture is sponsored in conjunction with the Graduate Research Fair and Sigma Xi, a scientific honor society.

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